Speaker's Profile 

Hari K. Upadhyaya 

Founder and Executive Chairperson, Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension, and Development (CEAPRED)

Hari K. Upadhyaya is an agricultural economist specializing in advanced production and resource economics and with more than three decades of senior-level professional experience at national and international levels in rural and agricultural development, pro-poor planning and policy formulation, rural/micro-finance, and seed sector development.

Upadhyaya is the Founder and Executive Chairperson of the Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension, and Development (CEAPRED) – a well-known professional developmental NGOs of Nepal specialized in high-value commercial agriculture. CEAPRED’s approach to poverty reduction consists of promoting new and better economic and livelihood opportunities at the local level and linking these to markets. Over the past two and a half decades, CEAPRED has implemented over 94 development projects, most of which were concerned with income and employment generation for rural poor and marginalized communities through commercial high-value agriculture and agro-enterprise promotion. CEAPRED has directly worked with over 400,000 families in some 62 districts of Nepal. Upadhyaya has been publicly honored for his contribution to rural poverty reduction through CEAPRED.

Upadhyaya has worked with the Government of Nepal as a Member of the National Planning Commission from 2003 to 2005. In addition to serving as a key resource person to various agencies, he has led a large number of short term international missions on project formulation, supervision, and evaluation.